Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

"Some Worry Treatment Plant Won't Keep Berkeley Pit Water in Check"

"BUTTE — The number 5,410 has special meaning to Butte. It’s the critical water level – 5,410 feet above sea level – of the Berkeley Pit. The water in the pit must be kept below that elevation or risk contaminating Silver Bow Creek."

Source: Billings Gazette, 11/10/2014

BLM FOIA Office "Fails To Provide Public Records"

The growing number of threats and assaults against employees of federal land agencies in the West is certainly the public's business. But efforts to document it by High Country News using the Freedom of Information Act have been thwarted by the Bureau of Land Management's central FOIA office. Veteran journalist Ray Ring tells the sad tale in HCN.

"EPA OKs Aquifer Exemption for Linc's Coal Gasification Test Project"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved an aquifer exemption for a coal gasification pilot project in Campbell County [Wyoming] this week, drawing criticism from landowners worried that the facility could contaminate a potential source of drinking water."

Source: Casper Star-Tribune, 09/15/2014
August 10, 2014 to August 13, 2014

Renewable Energy Leaders Debate Critical Issues in Aspen at 11th Annual Summit

Billionaire philanthropist Democrat Tom Steyer meets Republican Conservationist Teddy Roosevelt IV at the 11th Annual American Renewable Energy Day Summit in Aspen.  They are among 135 clean energy world leaders from the public and private sectors who will converge on Aspen, Colorado to present and discuss new and innovative environmental concepts throughout this four-day event.

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